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Market Commentary

Chart of the Month | Fed Funds Rate Reduction Drives Markets to New Highs

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Nov 12, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

U.S. equities reached an all-time high at the end of October as downside fears abated and risk-on sentiment improved. Among the positives...

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The Economy and Markets March On

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Nov 11, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

The overhang of a U.S.-China trade war has weighed on the risk markets all year. Despite this, equity market returns have been strong in 2019 and the recent news of a “Phase 1” trade deal being negotiated has propelled the S&P 500 to its best returns since 2013. The movement towards a trade deal may also be a sign that the world’s second largest economy, China, may be struggling to maintain...

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Commonfund Forum Goes Global

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 28, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Private Capital

During the week of October 14th, 2019 Commonfund Institute hosted our first Forum outside of the United States in Tokyo, Japan.

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Chart of the Month | Strange Happenings in the Repo Market

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin, Ryan Driscoll on Oct 2, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

An obscure but very large part of the financial markets caused a stir in late September. Lending rates spiked in the repurchase (repo) markets...

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Chart of the Month | Yield Curve Inversion – Signal or False Positive?

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Sep 5, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

Lately, there has been quite a bit of hand-wringing by the financial media about the yield curve inversion. It seems that many prognosticators believe...

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An Investor’s Guide to Private Equity Today

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

Commonfund recently hosted a panel discussion focused on the current state of private equity and venture capital, with an emphasis on the investor’s perspective of the industry today.

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Recession – Maybe This Time is Different

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Aug 1, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

The July Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting signaled the end of central bank rate normalization with the first rate cut in more than a decade . . .

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Chart of the Month | Economic Expansions Getting Longer

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Aug 1, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

Following the July FOMC meeting and with investors digesting the first rate cut since 2008 it is important to recognize that the domestic economy is now...

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Chart of the Month | Defensive Stocks at a Premium

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Jul 2, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

The valuation premium (forward price/earnings) of defensive stocks versus cyclicals has climbed steadily over the last seven months...

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Chart of the Month | Conflicting Signals in Stock and Bond Markets

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Jun 7, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

This month we turn our attention to the Stock and Bond Markets. Bond markets’ expectations of U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) rate cuts...

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